Brazil’s candidate to lead the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ilan Goldfajn, won Sunday’s election in the first round of voting. What factors contributed to Goldfajn’s victory, and what attributes does he bring to the job? The Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor asked five experts for their views on the topic.
Isabel de Saint Malo, Peter Hakim, Bruno Binetti, Claudio Loser, Ruben Olmos
In January, U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S. dollar was “too strong,” a departure from the past practice of U.S. presidents, who tried to avoid making such statements and influencing currency markets. How is the U.S. dollar’s relative strength affecting Latin American and Caribbean economies, and what would a weaker dollar mean for the region?
Argentine President Mauricio Macri meets today in Washington with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump. How have U.S.-Argentine relations fared since Macri took office in late 2015, and where are they headed during Trump’s presidency?
Claudio Loser, Santos Goñi, Megan Cook, Juan Cruz Díaz, Charles H. Blake, Felipe Yapur
Bond issuance, including sovereign and corporate debt, in Latin America and the Caribbean reached $117 billion in the first 10 months of 2016, $37 billion more than for all of 2015, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said in a Dec. 2 report. What does the higher amount of bonds issued this year say about the health of the region’s economies?
The United States will expedite the process of sharing tax information with Argentina in an effort to combat money laundering and address tax evasion through increased information sharing, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced last month during a trip to Buenos Aires. Argentines are estimated to hold some $500 billion…
On Aug. 23, the Argentine government’s statistics agency, INDEC, announced an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent, a full percentage point higher than experts projected, according to Bloomberg News. However, earlier in the month, the agency released a report showing that inflation had slowed significantly from 4.2 percent in May to 2 percent in July. How well as the administration of President Mauricio Macri, now in office for more than eight months, been handling the economy?
Claudio Loser, Gabrielle Trebat, Andrés Asiain, Mario Rapoport
Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s government started negotiations Jan. 13 with creditors to end the country’s protracted dispute over repaying bondholders, which stems from Argentina’s massive 2001 default.
Claudio Loser, Mario Rapoport, Julio Darío Burdman